Tamarindo Charter Essentials
When you’re ready to go on your Tamarindo fishing charter, keep in mind that there are a number of things you should bring along with you on the boat. Sportfishing charters in Tamarindo are not bare-bones trips where the clients have to bring their own food and beverages. Your boat will provide bait, ice, soft drinks, bottled water, beer, snacks, fruit, dessert, as well as lunch on 3/4- or full-day trips. Let your charter operator know in advance if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences.
There are a number of items, however, that will ensure you make the most of your day out on the water.
We’re at 10 degrees latitude here in Tamarindo, which is very close to the Equator, and the UV rays from the sun can be very intense, even on cloudy days. Sun is also reflected off of the water, so you’re exposed from practically all angles. Be sure to bring a strong sunscreen, and use it throughout the day.
A Hat or Cap
Most of the boats have covered seating, but if you’re fighting a fish you’ll be in the open in the cockpit. If you’re lucky enough to hook a big fish like a marlin, you might be fighting for some time, and a hat or cap can be very handy to keep a cool head.
Did we mention the sun? You’ll want a pair of good sunglasses while you’re out on the water. Polarized glasses will allow you to see things under the surface of the water better, such as a fish on the line as it approaches the boat.
The temperature will be warm, but it can be a good idea sun-wise to bring some layered clothing.
A bathing suit underneath, then shorts and a T-shirt, then perhaps a lightweight long sleeve UV protected shirt; even lightweight UV protected slacks if you’re especially sun-sensitive.
Tennis shoes are a good idea. Please avoid bringing black-soled shoes, as these can mark up the deck on some boats.
If rain is forecast, plan on bringing a lightweight raincoat or waterproof windbreaker. You’ll likely be seated in a covered area of the boat which will protect from overhead rain, but if the rain is from a passing squall, lateral moisture from the wind will find you.
A towel for everyone in your party is a good idea, for a variety of reasons. You may want to wipe sunscreen off your hands before grabbing that rod and reel. If you get splashed or just want to jump in the water, a towel will come in handy. Or, you may just want to lie in the sun for a bit, and a towel will help protect the boat’s paint job from your sunscreen.
Bring along cameras or smartphones to make sure you will be able to preserve the great memories you’ll have from your trip. Have one ready at all times if you’d like to try and get a shot of the fishing action as it’s going down; things can happen very quickly.
Charter boats don’t have seasickness or other medications onboard (there might be some aspirin in the first aid kit). If you’re prone to seasickness, be sure to bring your own medication. Be sure to bring any personal medications you might regularly take during the day.
Fishing licenses are required on each Tamarindo fishing charter. You can purchase licenses online from the INCOPESCA (Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura) website. As the purchasing process can produce some glitches, we have posted an illustrated guide to using the purchase page.
The licenses are digital PDF files, and you can download these to your computer or personal device. We recommend putting copies of the licenses for your party members on more than one device.